The Honda Odyssey has a broad range of new competitors, as SUV’s started having seven seats, but has managed to maintain relevance by creating a practical and flexible design. The Odyssey was introduced in February 2014 and updated in 2017. This update included better safety features and aesthetic changes while keeping all the great qualities of the original design.
There are two variations in the Honda Odyssey range: the entry-level, eight-seat VTi and the seven-seat VTi-L.
The VTi has:
- MP-3 compatible entertainment system
- Bluetooth connectivity
- voice control
- 7.0-inch touch screen
- speed-sensitive volume
- climate control air-conditioning
- reversing camera
- automatic headlights
- power-operated back door
- auto transmission
The VTi-L has a variety of additional features, including:
- retractable rear-door blinds
- keyless entry and ignition
- partial-leather trim
- heated and powered front seats
- built-in sat-nav
- multi-adjustable centre-row Captain’s chairs
- retracting door mirrors
- LED see-around-the-corner headlights
- LED fog lights
- three-zone climate-control all-round one-touch power windows
- third-row floor vents
- an electrochromic rear-view mirror
Comparatively, the VTi-L is the best value for money, outdoing its competitors in features.
Sensing Safety Technology
Perhaps the most important additional feature is the Honda Sensing safety technology. This includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, self-parking capability, 360-degree bird’s-eye view cameras and road-departure mitigation.
How it Drives
The ride comfort of the Odyssey VTi-L on a generous 2900mm wheelbase is cushy yet well-controlled. Additionally, the steering is well-weighted and makes driving the car an enjoyable experience. The 129kW/225Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine can handle freeway hills and runs quietly as well. Despite the new aesthetics of the car, the Odyssey is still very capable on the road.
Honda claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 7.8L/100km for the Odyssey, which is better than the turbo-diesel Hyundai iMax and the V6 petrol-powered Kia Carnival.
The Odyssey is spacious, with plenty of legroom in all three rows of seats, which is a hard thing to come by. It also offers 330 L of space when in seven-seat mode. This luxury MPV also comes with 1000kg of braked capacity.
The Odyssey is one of the most popular MPV’s in the Australian market currently. In VTi-L form, the Honda Odyssey offers an experience – with its leather trim, centre-row Captain’s chairs, climate-controlled comfort, and dual power-sliding side doors – makes a people mover seem luxurious. Easy driveability, on-road comfort, and the lux interior make for an excellent MPV, even after five years on the market.
What Do Drivers Think?
The Odyssey is very popular with larger families in the Sutherland Shire. Francene a mum who owns the Odessey Francene, quoted that “My Honda Odyssey is super comfortable, reliable, huge boot and spacious enough to ferry 6 adults (or 4 adults and 3 children). It has been a great vehicle to ferry around children and their friends and a good family vehicle in general.” Another happy Odessey own said, “the automatic door is wonderful, making school drop off and pick up super easy from the kiss and ride zone”.
The Honda Odyssey VTi-L ends up being a highly competitive, high-value for money and is a full-size MPV. It does all the things a seven-seater should do and has plenty of safety tech. For a car that is primarily designed based on function, the Odyssey is luxurious and comfortable.
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Articles used: CarAdvice Odyssey and CarSales.com Odyssey